Cloud Services

iland launches Secure Cloud Services from new location in Amsterdam to service EMEA customers

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iland, an award-winning global cloud service provider of secure and compliant Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and cloud backup services, today announced the availability of their Secure Cloud Services from a new data center location in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 

This expansion positions iland, which was established in 1995 and has been delivering cloud services globally for over 11 years, to continue to service customers across EMEA with a new focus on the Benelux region and further supports iland's global growth. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline also looming in May 2018, as well as Brexit negotiations underway, the opening of this new data center means that iland will continue to meet the data privacy requirements of customers in the EU.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the relaunch of iland's channel program last month which has been revamped to enable channel partners to easily build a cloud business and serve both new and existing customers in the Netherlands and the wider EU region. iland sees a huge market opportunity for channel partners who are already well versed with VMware, Veeam, Zerto and other virtualization products to diversify their businesses into Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and is actively recruiting channel partners in the Netherlands. 
 

HyperGrid Delivers Another Major Innovation – Public Cloud On-Premises is Now a Reality

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HyperGrid, the Enterprise Cloud-as-a-Service leader, today announced the launch of the next phase in the realization of the company’s vision, with a major release of the HyperCloud service, and HyperCloud’s availability as the industry’s only fully managed service in an on-premises “pay as you use” pricing model. It also announced the addition of new and innovative hybrid cloud decision intelligence  features added from the company’s recent acquisition of XOcur, makers of a business intelligence SaaS platform for cloud decision making. Today’s news comes on the heels of HyperGrid’s announcement last year of HyperCloud, the industry’s first on-premises cloud as a service delivered with subscription economics, and of achieving exceptional sales growth in FY16 and even more accelerated growth so far in FY17.

“The market demand for Enterprise Cloud services is growing exponentially; yet, some organizations feel left behind as they are not able to move to cloud as quickly or freely as others”, said Nariman Teymourian, HyperGrid President and CEO. “Delivering unified cloud services, quickly, simply and in a pay as you use model on premises is groundbreaking for the enterprise. I am not aware of any other company in the world that can combine these capabilities with the ability to manage multiple clouds using a single platform. By continuing to grow the capabilities that HyperCloud provides and simplifying how it is delivered, we are bringing our unique service value proposition to an ever-growing base of client use cases.”

Egenera Announces the Availability of Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9 Platform

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Egenera, a provider of wholesale cloud services to the channel, today announced the availability of its Xterity Cloud Services on G-Cloud 9, the UK government's latest G-Cloud framework. In the UK, Xterity is hosted in Slough and Newcastle.

G-Cloud 9 is available through a portal operated by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), and provides UK public sector organizations with a timely, cost-effective and efficient way to purchase cloud-based services as commodities to accelerate cloud adoption.

Firstnet Offers Hybrid Cloud Services Powered Exclusively by the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform

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Nutanix has announced an agreement with Leeds-based managed service provider, Firstnet Solutions, to offer customers a choice of flexible hybrid cloud services based on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform.

An established provider of managed services in the North of England, Firstnet Solutions recently formed a new entity, Firstnet Data Centres, which opened its first datacentre in Leeds. Aspiring to be the first dedicated Tier III datacentre in its region, it gives customers a choice of traditional co-location facilities alongside a new mix of managed hosting, virtual desktop and cloud services. These new services will be based entirely on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, chosen after exhaustive research and competitive analysis.

Pilgrim Quality Solutions and Concerto Cloud Services to Provide Next Generation Cloud-Based Quality Management Solutions

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Pilgrim Quality Solutions, a leading global provider of enterprise quality management software and services for the Life Sciences, today announced organizations across the life sciences industry can now accelerate and improve their enterprise quality management deployments and execution worldwide, by leveraging Pilgrim’s next generation cloud solution in concert with Concerto Cloud Services within world-leading Equinix and Microsoft Data Centers around the globe.

Pilgrim Quality Solutions has offered its solutions in the cloud for companies of all sizes for more than a decade. Concerto Cloud Services is a fully managed cloud services provider for mission-critical applications.

Cloud Services Start-up Solesto Creating Jobs in Alberta

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Solesto Solutions, a technology strategy and implementation start-up focussed on cloud and digital transformation, launches in Calgary.

Information Technology – Shifting Alberta’s economic reliance on Oil and Gas

Albertans have recognized the need to transform their economic base. Shifting Alberta’s dependence on the energy industry to alternatives like technology solutions, is an aspiration required to help maintain the stability of Alberta’s future economy. Recently, Mayor Nenshi demonstrated this commitment by influencing a Silicon Valley technology company to choose Alberta for its base of operations.
 

Rackspace Launches Portfolio of Professional Services for AWS

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Rackspace today announced the expansion of its managed service offerings for the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud to include a portfolio of Professional Services. The Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services are tailored to support customers who are new to, or growing on, AWS and need deep, customized expertise to help enable their AWS Cloud journey in key areas such as architectural design, migrations, cloud automation and DevOps. This new offering aligns with Rackspace's broader efforts to develop professional services that deliver end-to-end support and expertise to help customers move workloads out of their data centers and onto the world's leading cloud platforms.

The addition of Fanatical Support for AWS Professional Services to the Rackspace suite of managed services for AWS reflects a continued commitment to help customers take full advantage of AWS. AWS-certified architects and engineers will work with customers to enable their journey to AWS, helping to ensure they achieve maximum performance, agility and cost-efficiency.

"Rackspace is famous for its support, and we use it a lot," said Paul Keen, CTO of Airtasker, a Fanatical Support for AWS customer. "We work with the Rackspace Professional Services team for any projects we can't do in-house, as well as using security services to tighten up our systems, and we iterate monthly to improve our services. Rackspace really cares about its customers. We expected that level of care during the sales cycle, but it has continued throughout our engagement with them. That's what really sets them apart."

Cloud Standards Customer Council Publishes Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services Whitepaper

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The Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC) has published a new whitepaper, Cloud Customer Architecture for Securing Workloads on Cloud Services, that outlines security services and corresponding best practices for deploying a comprehensive cloud security architecture. The aim of this new guide is to provide a practical reference to help IT architects and IT security professionals architect, install, and operate the information security components of solutions built using cloud services. It is available for download at http://www.cloud-council.org/deliverables/cloud-customer-architecture-for-securing-workloads-on-cloud-services.htm

Many cloud services are now available, covering infrastructure, platform and application capabilities. Building business solutions using cloud services requires a clear understanding of the available security services, components and options-allied to a clear architecture- which addresses the complete lifecycle of cloud solutions covering development, deployment and operations.

The following security components are covered in detail:

Virtustream Expands Enterprise Cloud Platform for Mission Critical Applications to Asia-Pacific Region

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Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company and a Dell Technologies Business, today announced that its enterprise cloud platform and services for mission critical applications are now available in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia and Japan. This offering includes Virtustream's innovative cloud technology and unique consumption billing model.

The need for enterprise cloud services in the region is increasing. According to published research, by 2020, "IDC predicts the Cloud Systems Infrastructure Services revenue in Asia/Pacific including Japan will reach $12.9 billion."

"The pent up demand for enterprise-level cloud services in the Asia-Pacific region is tremendous as organizations are eager to globally scale their operations at a rapid pace; while also managing the complexities of migrating their existing systems of record to the cloud," said Frank Gens, IDC senior vice president and chief analyst. "Add to that regional needs such as data sovereignty, and it narrows the playing field of providers significantly."

10 ways Google improved its cloud at NEXT

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Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM. But they will also tell you that Google is ready now.

Recently, Google held NEXT, its user conference where the company introduces new cloud features and users get to learn about the cloud platform. In the opening day keynote, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google’s cloud division, said that not many analysts have questioned Google’s technical abilities in the cloud. But now, they’ve rounded out the rest of their portfolio...